“It just inspired growth,” Brown said. “It just inspired me. Inspiration to improve is what it was. That’s how bad it strung to come up short the way we did, but I wouldn’t take anything back.”

Since the Conference Finals exit, the Celtics and Heat have met just once. Boston prevailed 119-111 in late October and Brown notched 27 points and six rebounds in 34 minutes. The two foes will meet again in Miami on Thursday, January 25th.